CRITERIA FOR RE-ACCREDITATION AS A MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATION
1. As specified in Bye Law 1, clause 10, accreditation as a member of the Association is valid for five years (or for such period as the Association shall, from time to time, decide.) To renew membership at the end of that period, members must apply to the Re-Accreditation Committee, whose role is to judge whether the criteria for re-accreditation laid down in this Bye Law have been met. All membership re-accreditations are valid for five years (or such period as the Association shall, from time to time, decide) and are subject to further renewal at the end of each such period (except in the case of anyone granted Honorary Membership).
To be eligible for re-accreditation, applicants must normally show that they have continued to practise in a way which maintains their skills as humanistic and integrative psychotherapists. (Some possible exceptions to this are detailed below.)
To be eligible for re-accreditation, applicants must show that their practise as a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist is adequately supervised. The amount and kind of supervision considered adequate for those applying for re-accreditation for the first time is different to the amount and kind considered adequate for those who have already been re-accredited at least once.
4.1 For those who are applying for re-accreditation for the first time, the amount and kind of supervision required are as follows:
(ii) Group Supervision
Group and individual supervision are considered to be equivalent, provided that the group in question
(i) Individual (One-to-One) Supervision
(ii) Group Supervision
Group and individual supervision are considered to be equivalent, provided that the group supervision in question
(iii) One-to-One Peer Supervision.
This involves two experienced psychotherapists each supervising the other in turn. (In this kind of supervision both members carry all the responsibilities laid down in the Code of Ethics and Practice for Supervisors.)
In this kind of group supervision all participants should have adequate group work experience. (Each member carries all the responsibilities laid down in the Code of Ethics and Practice for Supervisors.)
All applicants for re-accreditation must have continued their professional development as psychotherapists.
5.1 An average of 50 hours per year of Continuing Professional Development is required (i.e. a total of 250 hours over each five-year period).
5.2 If an applicant for re-accreditation has not been able to complete the full amount of continuing professional development required, the Re-Accreditation Committee shall consider the explanation for the shortfall that is offered by the applicant and their proposals as to how the hours may be made up. If the Committee considers that the circumstances pertaining to the shortfall are exceptional, and that they call for a sympathetic response in line with the humanistic ethos of the Association, the Committee may accept the proposals from the applicant as to how the missing hours may be made up, or offer revised proposals. If the applicant undertakes to make up the missing hours in a way that is acceptable to the Committee, they may be re-accredited. However, failure to fulfil this undertaking shall be a barrier to their next re-accreditation.
All applicants for membership re-accreditation must show that they have adequate insurance for their work as psychotherapists.
As defined in Bye Law 4 a, clause 3 and sub-clauses, Non-Practising Associate Members are “accredited, fully paid-up members of the Association who wish to retire from the profession, or who for any reason (such as taking a sabbatical, family reasons, career change, illness, travel, study) wish to suspend their practice for one year or more”. As specified in Bye Law 4 a, clause 3.2, “Members may become Non-Practising Associate Members, and continue in that status, by notifying the Membership Secretary of their decision, and by paying the special Non-Practising Associate Member annual subscription, which will be determined by the Governing Body of the Association from time to time”.
7.1 Those who have been Non-Practising Associate Members for three years or fewer may return to full membership by notifying the Membership Secretary of such intention, attaching:
For such people, the years in which they are non-practising will not count as regards the requirements for re-accreditation. (This means that in calculating when re-accreditation is due for people in this position, the years in which they were Non-Practising Associate Members will be ignored i.e. re-accreditation will be required after five years of full membership. Similarly, the requirements for Continuing Professional Development will simply ignore these years. However, Continuing Professional Development undertaken during the year(s) as Non-Practising Associate Members may count towards the total required since the previous accreditation or re-accreditation.)
7.2 Those who wish to return to full membership after more than three years as Non-Practising Associate Members must apply to the Re-Accreditation Committee. The requirements for their return to full membership shall include all those requirements set out in sub-clause 7.1 above plus an additional requirement of satisfying the Re-Accreditation Committee that they have prepared adequately for a return to practice by, for example, attending top-up training courses, and/or by undergoing psychotherapy as a client. They may also be required to agree to have twice the normal amount of supervision for the first year of their return, if the Re-Accreditation Committee believes this is necessary for the safety of clients.
8. Lapsed Members.
Lapsed members are those who have failed to renew their full membership or to become non-practising associate members, and who have consequently lost their membership.
8.1 Those whose membership has lapsed for one or two or three years may return to full membership by applying to the Membership Secretary and paying the annual subscription for the years in which their membership was lapsed.
8.2 Those wishing to return to full membership under the terms of sub-clause 8.1 above (i.e. those whose membership has lapsed for up to three years) may also apply to the Governing Body on hardship grounds to waive the payment in full of the subscriptions due for the years their membership had lapsed. If the Governing Body has reason to believe that there were mitigating circumstances, such as serious economic hardship or illness, they may grant such a waiver in whole or in part.
8.3 Those whose membership has lapsed for more than three years shall not have an automatic right to renew their membership. Such former members may write to the Governing Body explaining the circumstances in which they allowed their membership to lapse and seeking permission to apply to renew it. The Governing Body shall have the discretion to grant or refuse this request in the light of the circumstances. The Governing Body shall also have discretion to require payment of fees for some or all of the years in which membership had lapsed, in order to ensure that those seeking return to membership after four years or more years are not economically advantaged compared to those returning after three or fewer.
8.3.1 If, in the case of a person whose membership had lapsed for more than three years, the Governing Body grants permission to apply to renew membership, the applicant may submit their application to the Re-Accreditation Committee. That Committee shall decide in each case whether there are special conditions that must be met by the applicant prior to renewal of membership. Such conditions might include attendance at top-up courses, undergoing further therapy as client, agreeing to increased levels of supervision, etc. The Committee’s decision on such conditions shall be taken in the light of the situation of the applicant and with regard to the protection of his/her future clients.